Dude at the shelter probably thinks you're greedy too for turning down a 35k salary when you know your skills are worth more. Perspective.
If you're in the MLB and you suck you make around $500 000. It would take me 10-12 years to make that. Yes, professional athletes are grossly overpaid.
I think the real overpaid ones are actors/ musicians...
If I go for a higher paying job, it isn't taking money away from the hobo. These players getting ridiculous contracts while the prices get jacked up does affect others.
I always find it odd that players have to fight for the absolute top dollar. Take Carl Crawford for example. He wanted to go to the Angels, but took slightly more money to sign with Boston where he was miserable. Why not take slightly less to go somewhere you'll enjoy? If you're worried about running out of money when you have over $100 million than you are incredibly greedy.
Overpaid? The market says no
Mavs fan first and foremost, and a closet Pistons fan since 2002
Always amaze me how much fans love to protect the owners' money. There are people who OFFER these guys this money, and can afford it with ease, but since most owners can't be named right off the top of the head....
BTW: How sports fans look at players who get paid is a microcosm of why the wealthy, the truly wealthy, will always freely dominate. We don't want the big guy at the top to go down, just the people that guy allows to have a little more than ourselves. A little too political for my tastes, but undeniable. As long as the owner is in the shadows the bad guy is always the highest paid guy on his team. Meanwhile the owner piles up the money to the point where he's probably never actually held or even seen cash in a very long time. It's scary to see too because most fans will NEVER acknowledge how many of players came from absolutely nothing, the same place many are and grew up as.
Last edited by SenorGato; 11-27-2012 at 10:13 PM.
They are overpaid, but it is not their fault. In today's sports market, that is the way supply/demand works. For example, there is not a large supply of elite starting pitcher out there in the free agent market, mainly because teams are locking their players up to long-term contracts as of late. Therefore, the demand for players who are available on the free agent market is very high and teams tend to out-bid each other to acquire that player.
We are also in an era now where incredibly talented players are breaking old records accomplished by retired talented players, and that is also raising their value (players were not breaking records in the 20th century as fast as they are/will in the 21st century).
A-rod for example before free agency was offered a massive contract by the Yankees, mainly because they felt he was the best 3B in the league who is on pace to be the all-time HR leader (debatable now).
Point is, teams will overpay for great players and it is because the MLB market for players has transformed entirely from what it use to be, and big-market teams could (note "could") be the reason why.
If Trout was a free agent in 2014, he would receive a $250M contract.